Friday, October 21, 2016

Surprise, RAK #47, More of Eve, On the Road Again

I received the loveliest surprised the mail from Rosey of Ishkabibble blog. A sweet crocheted bookmark in my very favorite color - BLUE! Thank you so very much, Rosey. What a nice surprise to receive in the mail!!

RAK #47 was given to a dear friend, Evelyn. She and her husband were such good friends of my mother and step-father.....and were there for me through all the struggles with their illnesses. They have remained close friends.  Evelyn has admired my little ladies - so gave Consuelo to her yesterday - her very favorite.

In my last post, I shared my sculpting adventure in Utah with Jack Johnston and Apryl Jensen. Last post I showed you the steps to sculpt the head for it's first baking. Since then, I named the lady "Eve" since she's my first sculpted doll and Eve was the first woman. I thought it appropriate and fitting.

Eve after baking - head measures approximately 3 inches

Sculpting the ears - Side view

Front view after sculpting the ears

Sculpted Shoes with buckles and bows (They will be painted after I decide on her costume)

Little ribbons added to the bows

Sculpting the hands

Top view of sculpted hands

I still have to decide on Eve's dress/costume and hair style. I'll post as soon as she's complete, though it will be a few weeks because....

I'm "On the Road Again"..... driving to Pennsylvania to help DD with DGS while SIL is traveling. YIPPEE! More hugs and squeals from DGS. He's such a cutie!! DH will stay home and do what needs to be done to prepare the farm for winter weather.

Until I return, have a wonderful week full of love, laughter and lots of stitching.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Lost Is Found Times Two

I know some of you have been wondering where the heck I've been. Well, I've been traveling and busy, busy, blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.

Yesterday I received the nicest note from sweet Barbara from The Flashing Scissors blog. She and I had both thought her RAK package had been lost....but - YIPPEE!! It arrived on her doorstep yesterday. Forgive the pictures - it was a cloudy day when I took them....

A tiny framed monogram and a pin keep

Some fabric, floss and a pattern from Ewe & Eye & Friends

So....where have I been?? Salt Lake City - at a seminar ......learning to sculpt dolls from polymer clay. I was VERY nervous, as I had been attempting to sculpt on my own and had no clue whatsoever how to go about it. I've never worked with polymer clay much - except for a tiny witches hat or a wee little pumpkin. I must say, after my experience with my instructors, I really think I can do this!

I was fortunate to spend THREE FULL DAYS with Jack Johnston in his home studio - AND with Apryl Jensen. Both Jack and Apryl made me feel comfortable and have inspired me to come home and try my hand at more dolls. I took quite a few pictures, so will have a few posts of my adventure so as not to overwhelm you.

Step One: Make a head armature out of aluminum foil

Step 2: Cover the back of the head with clay and lay in the eyes

Step 3: Lay in the nose, forehead and chin

Front view of Step 3

Face ready for baking

More about my Big Adventure in a future post.....and I really need to catch up with all my blogging friends - I'm so behind! ......until then - have a great week!